“How do you get inspiration for all of your pieces?”

“How do you get inspiration for all of your pieces?”

A couple of weeks ago I took to Instagram story to ask you all if you had any questions for me, any particular topics you’d like to see addressed on the blog. So I’m going to be addressing them throughout the coming weeks. If you have any other specific questions that arise as a result of this series, feel free to comment on with your question. The first question I’m addressing was from an Instagram user, who asked, “How do you get inspiration for all of your pieces?”

I love this question because it’s one I never think about. Getting into a creative flow state has always been something that has been pretty easy for me. It’s like being on autopilot and the paint just sort of moves through me onto the canvas.

I’m inspired to do a new collection or new series usually based on events going on in my life, struggles I’m dealing with, pains I’m trying to work out, joys I want to share, and beauty I want to spread despite struggles.

All of my works are made with the intention to bring beauty, light, life, and hope into the lives and spaces of my collectors. I want all my works to inspire others to look around and be thankful for the good and beautiful things in their life. I want others to choose to go out and make something beautiful themselves.

Each collection is usually inspired by a mood, an idea, a thought, or an emotion I’m dealing with. I’ll give you teaser for my next series…. it’s darker than almost all of my other collections, but I hope it’s still beautiful and life-giving.

For each individual piece, they just sort of flow out of the emotion I’m putting into it. There’s no solid plan, they just emerge when they are ready, and they are finished when I feel like their emotion has been expressed.

Music, and what I’m listening to also greatly impacts my works. I’m constantly trying to cultivate and peaceful, calming, light space and so the music I listen to tends to be mellow music either classical, indie alternative, jazz or something like that. That is the feeling I cherish, Peace. Peace is an influence in all of my works even though it may not be the main chorus.

Obviously, none of this is the case if I’m working on a custom commission. Those pieces are very specific, intentional pieces based off of a client’s vision. I can always get into a flow state with these pieces too, however I have to remain more alert and constantly asking myself, “does this fit with the vision.” Custom commissions are much less creative in process for me, but they’re a different kind of enjoyable, they’re always a little bit of a challenge and always fun to see my vision and the clients vision become one.

What is your creative process like, and from where do you draw inspiration? Tell me below! I want to know.

Pick Pieces that Bring You Joy

Pick Pieces that Bring You Joy

I was out shopping yesterday when I came across several little trinkets and a framed portrait. I wanted to buy them, I didn’t know where to put them. I was thinking about this all day yesterday, I really loved these little pieces, but didn’t feel like I had a place for them. This is something, that I’m sure a lot of us have experienced. When picking pieces that go into your home here are some metrics for deciding what makes the cut, and what doesn’t.

 

  1. Is it beautiful?

Sometimes utility, space, or budget are more important than beauty. But if you have the option to choose something for your space, you can almost always find something that is both beautiful and within price range. The real question in my opinion is, why wouldn’t you pick something beautiful if given the chance. If the art or décor doesn’t speak to you, if it doesn’t sing, if it doesn’t move you or remind you of something good or important in some way than it’s not work your time, or a place in your home.

 

  1. Is there space?

When picking art or décor this is a question I often ask. Nothing stressed the body or mind more than a cluttered room or house. And just because there isn’t space right now doesn’t mean you can’t make space. Ask yourself, is this piece of art, or décor better than what I already have some place else? If it is, then consider getting rid of something to make room for the new décor. But adding a new piece of art to an already cluttered space detracts from the art, and stresses your space. Make room for what’s important in your life and in your space.

 

  1. Does it add to the mood?

What is the general mood or feeling you are trying to cultivate in your space? How do you want others to feel when they are in your space? How do you want to feel when you are in your room? These are important questions that need to be answered. Where we live and where we grow changes and shapes the way we see the world, and how we live and create in our spaces. If you’re trying to cultivate a calm, peaceful mood, consider if the art adds to that or detracts from that mood.

 

I do not think that we as people think enough about the spaces we spent most of our time in. If it’s your cubicle at work, what are you seeing every day and how do those items affect you? Is your space clean and does it help or impede your tasks? Does it bring you joy and does it lift your mood, or would you say you don’t think your space affects you? If you think you are unmoved by your surroundings then consider changing somethings in your space, little things and see if it doesn’t change your perspective.

Photoshoot with  Klaire Dixius

Photoshoot with Klaire Dixius

I won a branding session with Klaire Dixius and boy was it fun! Klaire came to my home, where my in-home studio is, and we spent the morning together.

Over a glass of LaCroix we chatted about our personality types, our enneagrams numbers and so much more. Klaire was so easy going and fun to chat with I immediately felt comfortable with her. She captured my space and my process in such a lovely way, I can’t thank you enough, Klaire, for these gorgeous photos, they are such a bright spot! Check out her beautiful, ethereal work here:www.klairedixius.com and enjoy the some of these fun photos she snapped of me and Olive (the cat) in my studio!

Christine Olmstead Klaire Dixius photoshoot

 

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Ok I’ll stop being self-indulgent, I’m a huge fan of Klaire’s work and so appreciate how she captured me and my space. You can follow Klaire here on Facebook, Instagram, and of course, at her website.

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